Western Digital IntelliFlash Storage Plug-In Now Available

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I am often asked to explain why we here at Veeam have implemented the storage plug-ins and it is a simple answer: to deliver solutions faster to customers! By having storage integrations outside of product release requirements our partners can help innovate and customers can benefit with a better backup experience and amazing recovery. The latest storage plug-in is now available for the Western Digital IntelliFlash array.

Frequently, people look at a Veeam storage plug-in for faster backups with the Backup from Storage Snapshots capability. But the plug-in brings much more:

These collectively make a very powerful option to not just take backups more effectively, but introduce some new recovery options. Let’s tour them here:

Veeam Explorer for Storage Snapshots

Veeam Explorers are usually associated with application-level restores but the Veeam Explorer for Storage Snapshots can use both the application restores and do more — all from an IntelliFlash storage snapshot! My favorite part of our storage integration is it allows an existing storage snapshot to be used for some recovery scenarios. This includes file-level recovery, a whole VM restore to a new location Application Object Exports (Enterprise and higher editions can restore applications and databases to original location) or even an application item.

The Veeam Explorer for Storage Snapshots will read the storage snapshot, then expose the snapshot’s contents to Veeam allowing the seven restore scenarios shown below:

Veeam Backup from Storage Snapshots

Leveraging the Western Digital snapshot integration will bring the real power to a backup infrastructure and make the biggest difference to backup windows. I’ve always said that this integration will allow organizations to take backups at any time. This will allow the data mover (a Veeam VMware backup proxy) to do all of the work with associated data for a backup from the storage snapshot, compared to a vSphere hypervisor snapshot. One good thing that comes along with the Veeam approach is that VMware Changed Block Tracking (CBT) is retained and application consistency is achieved. The figure below visualizes this compared to a non-integrated backup:

On-Demand Sandbox for Storage Snapshots

One of the best things that comes with the Western Digital IntelliFlash plug-in is the On-Demand Sandbox, and I encourage everyone to learn about this technology. It can be used to avoid production problems by easily producing a sandbox to test changes, perform update testing, test security configurations, upgrades and more. You can answer questions like “How long will it take?” and “What will happen?” But most importantly “Will it work?” This can save time by avoiding cancelled change requests due to not knowing exactly what to expect with some changes.

Primary Storage Snapshot Orchestration

This is a capability that many don’t know about with the Veeam storage plug-in. This capability allows users to create a Veeam job to generate a storage snapshot on the Western Digital IntelliFlash array. This should be in addition to a backup job that goes to a backup repository. This plug-in sets Western Digital IntelliFlash customers up to use Veeam Explorers for Storage Snapshots for high-speed recoveries.

Download the Western Digital IntelliFlash plug-in Now

The Western Digital IntelliFlash plug-in can now be downloaded and installed into Veeam Backup & Replication. Check it out now!

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Windows Server 2019 support, expect no less from us!

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Veeam has always taken platform support seriously. Whether it’s the latest hypervisor, storage system or a Windows operating system. Both Windows Server and Windows desktop operating systems have very broad support with Veeam, and I recently just did some work around Windows Server 2019 and I am happy to say that Veeam fully supports the newest Microsoft data center operating system.

One of the first things that we did here at Veeam was a webinar overviewing both what is new with Windows Server 2019 and how Veeam supports Windows Server 2019. I was lucky to be joined by Nicolas Bonnet, a Veeam Vanguard and author of many books on Windows Server.

If any IT pro is getting ready to support a new platform, such as Windows Server 2019, the first steps are critical to introduce the new technology without surprises. The good news is that Veeam can help, and that was the spirit of the webinar and overall the way Veeam addresses new platforms.

One of the first places to start is Microsoft’s awesome 45-page “What’s new” document for Windows Server 2019. This is without a doubt the place to get the latest capabilities on what the new platform brings to your data center and workloads in the cloud running Windows Server.

There are scores of new capabilities in Windows Server 2019, so it’s hard to pick one or even a few favorites; but here are some that may help modernize your Windows server administration:

Storage Migration Service

I love hearing Ned Pyle from Microsoft talk about the storage technologies in Windows Server, and Storage Migration Service is one that can get older file server data to newer file server technologies (including in Azure).

Storage Space Direct

It’s incredible what has been going on with Windows Storage over the years! One of the latest capabilities is now ReFS volumes can have deduplication and compression. There are additional scalability limits and management capabilities as well (Windows Admin Center in particular) as other improvements across the operating system.

And finally, smallest but rather awesome feature:

Windows Time Service

In Windows Server 2019, the Windows Time Service now offers true UTC-compliant leap second support; so it’s ready for any time service role in your organization.

Again, hard to pick one or even a few features, but here are some that you may know about or may not have known. But the natural question that comes into play is “How do I migrate to Windows Server 2019?” This is where Veeam may help you and you may not have even known it.

Veeam DataLabs

The Veeam DataLab is a way you can test upgrades to Windows Server 2019 from previous versions of Windows Server. In fact, I wrote a whitepaper on this very topic last year.

Do you think the idea that your backup application can help you in your upgrade to Windows Server 2019 sounds crazy? It’s not, let me explain. The Veeam DataLab will allow you to take what you have backed up and provide an isolated environment to test. The test can be many things, ensuring that backups are recoverable (what the technology was made for), testing Windows Updates, testing security configurations, testing scripted or automated configurations, testing application upgrades and more. One additional use case can be testing the upgrade of Windows Server 2019.

In the Veeam DataLab, you can simulate the upgrade to the latest operating system based on what Veeam has backed up. The best part is the changes are not going to interfere with the production system. This way you will have a complete understanding of what it will take to upgrade to Windows Server 2019 from an older Windows Server operating system. How long it will take, what changes need to happen, etc. Further, if you need to put other components into a DataLab to simulate a multi-tiered application or communication to a domain controller, you can!

Here’s an example of a DataLab:

Conclusion

Windows Server 2019 and platform support in general are key priorities at Veeam. Our next update, Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 Update 4b, will include support for Windows Server version 1903. This support is as guest a VM to be backed up and for installation of Veeam Backup & Replication and its components. This and are more are why Veeam is a safe bet for platform support as well as the ability to activate the data in your backups to do important migrations, such as to the latest version of Windows Server.

Have you used a DataLab to do an upgrade? If so, share your comment below. If not, give it a try!

 

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Looking back on VeeamON 2019, and forward to what’s next with Rickatron

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This year’s VeeamON was epic, if I do say so myself. Our fifth event was in my opinion our best yet. In this post, I’ll recap a few key takeaways of the event and set the stage for what’s next for Veeam regarding events and product updates.

I wrote two specific recaps of the full days of the event, Day 1 and Day 2, which have good summaries of event specifics. Additionally, all of the general sessions and breakouts for those who attended are available for replay on the VeeamON recap site. The press releases are listed below:

We also made a short video that summarizes the event as well:

 

But what is there to focus on next? Short answer: A LOT!

I’ll start with the products. I’ve already been updated on the next version of some products we showcased at VeeamON, so we’ll be doing promotion for that at regional VeeamON Forum and Tour events as well as key industry events like VMworld and Microsoft Inspire. Veeam Availability Suite v10, which was previewed in the technology general session (you can replay here, in the technology keynote), is going to be an EPIC release. What we previewed at VeeamON is just a teaser; trust me, there is a lot more goodness to come in this release. I keep saying with each release recently that it’s the biggest release ever; and I’m pretty sure I’ll do the same with this one.

Next, I have been working with global teams to prepare the regional VeeamON Forum and VeeamON Tour events. These are underway, starting in June and going into the fall worldwide. Local markets will promote them specifically, but pages are already up for Asia, India, France, Germany, Turkey, many EMEA countries for Tours, and more to come. I just completed a VeeamON Tour in Sweden and will do subsequent ones in China, Brazil and Argentina later this year, and it feels great to bring the Veeam update to more markets around the world. Additionally, the rest of the Veeam Product Strategy team will be doing many events around the world as well.

I am fortunate to have a role on the VeeamON team as the content manager for the breakouts. This is in addition to the 57 other things I do at the event, including the technology general session presentation, presenting breakouts, meeting with customers and partners as well as meeting with press and analysts. I took a much more data-driven view to the breakout content this year. Everything from working with the event management team to have the right sized rooms, the balance of content (much more technical and product-focused this year), speaker consideration, partner interests and more. The end result is a trend that I feel embodies where Veeam is going as well as meeting, and based on survey data, exceeding the expectations of attendees. Feel free to send me a note via email or Twitter for ideas on how to make VeeamON better and the best investment for your time to attend the event.

VeeamON 2020 will take the event back to Las Vegas, and I for one am happy with that. I just think Vegas works! But the bar is set rather high. The Miami event was epic, and for my role on the VeeamON team, I’m going to expand the team I have and double the effort to raise the bar. See you there!

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VeeamON 2019 Day 2 Recap: Strong content, strong close

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As we wrap up VeeamON 2019, the event has brought so many great experiences to many people. Customers and partners from all over the world have joined us and are ready to tackle their biggest Availability challenges.

Some highlights from Wednesday at VeeamON 2019 include a strong lineup of breakout content, the Veeam Innovation Awards and the closing party. Here are a few statistics for VeeamON 2019:

  • Over 2,050 attendees
  • Over 60 breakouts
  • Three general sessions
  • Eight live demos in the technology general session
  • Over 45 sponsors

As I did yesterday, I’ve highlighted two breakouts that have some really powerful tips that I’ll share here:

“Top 7 Worst Practices When Using Veeam Backup & Replication”

This session was presented by Edwin Weijdema, a solutions architect based in the Northern EMEA region (Edwin also contributes to the VMGuru blog and is on Twitter at: Viperian). Here is one slide where Edwin outlines his fifth tip that security is inconvenient:

This is an important topic as Veeam Backup & Replication has many roles and many well-defined requirements for those roles. In fact, the required permissions and system requirements part of Veeam Help Center make this very easy to navigate and set up.

Ransomware Resiliency Tips from Veeam and the Veeam Vanguards”

This session was presented by me, but also sourced from different perspectives from the Veeam Vanguards. The one slide I will share here actually comes from Veeam Support:

 

Veeam Technical Support deals with ransomware every day. Meaning, customers have ransomware in their data centers and Veeam helps our customers restore and be resilient.

Tim’s advice matches that from our Veeam Vanguards: Education is a critical step and one of the most effective prevention techniques. Prevention is a very strong safeguard, but if ransomware becomes introduced the *only* option is to restore data — and that is where Veeam can help. The session carried on with critical perspectives from Vanguards on their best practices to be resilient against ransomware.

The VeeamON 2019 Party

It goes without saying that Veeam knows how to host a party, and the VeeamON party is the best one to attend. This year, we had a beach party featuring Flo Rida. This party was amazing and a great way to close the event.

That’s all for VeeamON 2019. Join us in Las Vegas for VeeamON 2020. The VeeamON website will soon be updated to reflect next year’s event, but we are already planning to make it bigger and better than ever! Join us!

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VeeamON 2019: Day one recap

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VeeamON Miami is under way! On Monday, we hosted the VeeamON 2019 Welcome Reception, which was a great start to the VeeamON 2019 event, where we are welcoming a full house of customers and partners.

The first full day was also packed with key announcements, new Veeam technologies and an awesome agenda of breakouts for attendees. Here is a rundown of Tuesday’s news:

The general session also featured key perspectives from Veeam co-founder Ratmir Timashev on Veeam’s momentum, customer testimonials and some key focus on Microsoft. Veeam Vice President, Global Business & Corporate Development Carey Stanton welcomed Tad Brockway, corporate vice president for Azure Storage, Media, and Edge platform team at Microsoft.


Image via @anbakal on Twitter

We also had a very special general session focused on technology, both already existing and coming soon. In this session, Veeam Product Strategy and R&D gave a number of key overviews of the new Veeam Availability Orchestrator v2 general availability announcement, Veeam Availability Console and Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365. New capabilities were shown for Veeam Availability Suite, as well as new technologies for Microsoft Azure.


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However, the key part of the event for attendees is the breakouts! This year, the breakout menu features technical topics making up 80% of the breakouts delivered by Veeam. Everything from best practices, worst practices, how-to tips and more has been covered. Today had presentations from Platinum Sponsors, Cisco, NetApp, Microsoft Azure, ExaGrid and IBM Cloud. Here are two slides from Veeam presentations that I found compelling:

 “From the Architect’s Desk: Sizing of Veeam Backup & Replication, Proxies and Repositories”

This session was presented by Tim Smith, a solutions architect based in the US (Tim also runs the Tim’s Tech Thoughts blog and is on Twitter at: Tsmith_co). Here is one slide where Tim outlines the sizing of the Veeam backup server for 2,000 VMs with eight jobs (just as an example). This is important as sizing goes all the way through the environment: backup server, proxies, repositories, etc.

 “Let’s Manage Agents”

This session was presented by Dmitry Popov, senior analyst, product management in charge of products, including Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows. Here is one slide where Dmitry shows a cool tip where unmanaged agents (where agents running without a license in free mode will show up) can be put into a protection group to have centralized management and a schedule:

For attendees of the event, you will be able to access the recording of these and all other sessions. More information will be sent as a follow-up email for the replay information.

Check out this recap video by our senior global technologists Anthony Spiteri and Michael Cade:

 

We will have more content tomorrow as well! I’ll be posting another blog with a recap from today’s event. For those of you at the event, be sure to use the hashtag #VeeamON to share your experiences!

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Fujitsu ETERNUS storage plug-in now available

Source: Veeam

One of the things I love is how fast we can add storage integrations with the Veeam Universal Storage API. This framework was introduced with Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 Update 3 and has allowed Veeam and our alliance partners to rapidly add new supported storage systems. Fujitsu Storage ETERNUS DX and AF are the newest systems to be supported with a Veeam plug-in.

This plug-in actually exposes many outstanding capabilities, much more than just the Backup from Storage Snapshots that seems to get all of the attention. This particular plug-in offers the following capabilities:

Let’s review these benefits for this storage plug-in.

Veeam Explorer for Storage Snapshots

This is my favorite capability and it has a powerful set of options in our free Community Edition – and even more in the Enterprise and higher editions. This allows existing storage snapshots to be used for Veeam restores, such as a file-level recovery, a whole VM restore to a new location Application Object Exports  (Enterprise and higher editions can restore Applications and Databases  to original location) or even an application item. This will read the storage snapshots on the Fujitsu ETERNUS and present them to Veeam for launching the restores, all seamlessly without impacting the operation of primary storage resources. The diagram below shows how you can launch the 7 restore scenarios from a snapshot on the Fujitsu ETERNUS array:

Veeam Backup from Storage Snapshots

This capability that comes from the plug-in will really unleash the power of the storage integration when it comes to performing the backup. The backup from storage snapshots engine will allow the data mover (a Veeam VMware Backup Proxy) to do the heavy-lifting of a backup job from the storage snapshot versus from a conventional VMware vSphere snapshot. I like to say that this integration will allow organizations to take backups or replicas at any time of the day. All of the goodness you would expect is maintained, such as VMware Changed Block Tracking (CBT) and application consistency. This is all transparent with this integration. The diagram below shows the time sequence in relation to the I/O associated with the backup job:

On-Demand Sandbox for Storage Snapshots

Veeam has pioneered the “DataLabs” use case, and when using an integrated storage system like Fujitsu ETERNUS, you are truly unlocking endless opportunities. The On-Demand Sandbox for Storage Snapshots will take a storage snapshot and expose the VMs on it to an isolated virtual lab. This can be used for testing changes to critical applications, testing scripts, testing upgrades, verification of a result from an application and more.

One practical way the On-demand Sandbox for Storage Snapshots can help organizations is by helping avoid changes that don’t go as expected for one of many reasons. Firing up an application in an on-demand sandbox, powered by the Fujitsu ETERNUS DX/AF array, will give you a good sense of the changes. You can answer questions like “How long will it take?” and “What will happen?” But most importantly “Will it work?” This can save time by avoiding cancelled change requests due to not knowing exactly what to expect with some changes.

Primary Storage Snapshot Orchestration

The plug-in for Fujitsu ETERNUS DX/AF storage will also allow you make Veeam jobs that just create snapshots. These jobs will not produce a backup but will produce a storage snapshot that can be used for Veeam Explorer for Storage Snapshots.

The Power of the Storage Snapshot! Harness it!

The Fujitsu ETERNUS DX/AF storage systems are the latest integrated array with Veeam. You can download the plug-in here.

 

 

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Fujitsu ETERNUS storage plug-in now available

Application-level monitoring for your workloads

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If you haven’t noticed, Veeam ONE has really taken on an incredible amount of capabilities with the 9.5 Update 4 release.

One capability that can be a difference-maker is application-level monitoring. This is a big deal for keeping applications available and is part of a bigger Availability story. Putting this together with incredible backup capabilities from Veeam Backup & Replication, application-level monitoring can extend your Availability to the applications on the workloads where you need the most Availability. What’s more, you can combine this with actions in Veeam ONE Monitor to put in the handling you want when applications don’t behave as expected.

Let’s take a look at application-level monitoring in Veeam ONE. This capability is inside of Veeam ONE Monitor, which is my personal favorite “part” of Veeam ONE. I’ve always said with Veeam ONE, “I guarantee that Veeam ONE will tell you something about your environment that you didn’t know, but need to fix.” And with application-level monitoring, the story is stronger than ever. Let’s start with both the processes and services inside of a running virtual machine in Veeam ONE Monitor:

 

I’ve selected the SQL Server service, which for any system with this service, is likely important. Veeam ONE Monitor can use a number of handling options for this service. The first are simple start, stop and restart service options that can be passed to the service control manager. But we also can set up some alarms based on the service:

 

The alarm capability for the services being monitored will allow a very explicit handling you can provide. Additionally, you can make it match the SLA or expectation that your stakeholders have. Take how this alarm is configured, if the service is not running for 5 minutes, the alarm will be triggered as an error. I’ll get to what happens next in a moment, but this 5-minute window (which is configurable) can be what you set as a reasonable amount of time for something to go through most routine maintenance. But if this time exceeds 5 minutes, something may not be operating as expected, and chances are the service should be restarted. This is especially true if you have a fiddlesome application that constantly or even occasionally requires manual intervention. This 5-minute threshold example may even be quick enough to avoid being paged in the middle of the night! The alarm rules are shown below:

 

The alarm by itself is good, but we need more sometimes. That’s where a different Veeam ONE capability can help out with remediation actions. I frequently equate, and it’s natural to do so, the remediation actions with the base capability. So, the base capability is the application-level monitoring, but the means to the end of how to fully leverage this capability comes from the remediation actions.

With the remediation actions, the proper handling can be applied for this application. In the screenshot below, I’ve put in a specific PowerShell script that can be automatically run when the alarm is triggered. Let your ideas go crazy here, it can be as simple as restarting the service — but you also may want to notify application owners that the application was remediated if they are not using Veeam ONE. This alone may be the motivation needed to setup read-only access to the application team for their applications. The configuration to run the script to automatically resolve that alarm is shown below:

 

Another piece of intelligence regarding services, application-level monitoring in Veeam ONE will also allow you to set an alarm based on the number of services changing. For example, if one or more services are added; an alarm would be triggered. This would be a possible indicator of an unauthorized software install or possibly a ransomware service.

Don’t let your creativity stop simply at service state, that’s one example, but application-level monitoring can be used for so many other use cases. Processes for example, can have alarms built on many criteria (including resource utilization) as shown below:

 

If we look closer at the process CPU, we can see that alarms can be built on if a process CPU usage (as well as other metrics) go beyond specified thresholds. As in the previous example, we can also put in handling with remediation actions to sort the situation based on pre-defined conditions. These warning and error thresholds are shown below:

 

As you can see, application-level monitoring used in conjunction with other new Veeam ONE capabilities can really set the bar high for MORE Availability. The backup, the application and more can be looked after with the exact amount of care you want to provide. Have you seen this new capability in Veeam ONE? If you haven’t, check it out!

You can find more information on Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 Update 4 here.

More on new Veeam ONE capabilities:

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Backup infrastructure at your fingertips with Heatmaps

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One of the best things an organization can do is have a well-performing backup infrastructure. This is usually done by fine-tuning backup proxies, sizing repositories, having specific conversations with business stakeholders about backup windows and more. Getting that set up and running is a great milestone, but there is a problem. Things change. Workloads grow, new workloads are introduced, storage consumption increases and more challenges come into the mix every day.

Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 Update 4 introduced a new capability that can help organizations adjust to the changes:

Heatmaps!

Heatmaps are part of Veeam ONE Reporter and do an outstanding job of giving an at-a-glance view of the backup infrastructure that can help you quickly view if the environment is performing both as expected AND as you designed it. Let’s dig into the new heatmaps.

The heatmaps are available on Veeam ONE Reporter in the web user interface and are very easy to get started. In the course of showing heatmaps, I’m going to show you two different environments. One that I’ve intentionally set to be performing in a non-optimized fashion and one that is in good shape and balanced so that the visual element of the heatmap can be seen easily.

Let’s first look at the heatmap of the environment that is well balanced:

Here you can see a number of things, the repositories are getting a bit low on free space, including one that is rather small. The proxies carry a nice green color scheme and do not show too much variation in their work during their backup windows. Conversely if we see a backup proxy is dark green, that indicates it is not in use, which is not a good thing.

We can click on the backup proxies to get a much more detailed view, and you can see that the proxy has a small amount of work during the backup window in this environment in the mid-day timeframe and carries a 50% busy load:

When we look at the environment that is not so balanced, the proxies tell a different story:

You can see that first of all there are three proxies, but one of them seems to be doing much more work than the rest due to the color changes. This clearly tells me the proxies are not balanced, and this proxy selected is doing a lot more work than the others during the overnight backup window — which stretches out the backup window.

One of the coolest parts of the heatmap capability is that we can drill into a timeframe in the grid (this timeline can have a set observation window) that will tell us which backup jobs are causing the proxies to be so busy during this time, shown below:

In the details of the proxy usage, you can see the specific jobs that are set which are taking the CPU cycles are shown.

How can this help me tune my environment?

This is very useful as it may indicate a number of things, such as backup jobs being configured to not use the correct proxies, proxies not having the connectivity they need to perform the correct type of backup job. An example of this would be if one or more proxies are configured for only Hot-Add mode and they are physical machines, which makes that impossible. The proxy would never be selected for a job and the remaining proxies would be in charge of doing the backup job. This is all visible in the heatmap yet the backup jobs would complete successfully, but this type of situation would extend the backup window. How cool is that?

Beyond proxy usage, repositories are also very well reported with the heatmaps. This includes the Scale-Out Backup Repositories as well. This will allow you to view the underlying storage free space. The following animation will show this in action:

Show me the heatmaps!

As you can see, the heatmaps add an incredible visibility element to your backup infrastructure. You can see how it is performing, including if things are successful yet not as expected. You can find more information on Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 Update 4 here.

 

Helpful resources:

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Blog your way to VeeamON 2019 in Miami!

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This is your chance to win three exclusive VeeamON 2019 packages that include an event pass, airfare up to $1,500 and three-nights’ accommodations in beautiful Miami! Plus, we are awarding 10 event passes to ten additional contestants.

To enter the contest, come up with the most engaging and meaningful content about VeeamON 2019 until April 15 and send the link to the blog post to sponsorship@veeam.com.

Read full details of the contest in the Terms and Conditions.

Here is some VeeamON 2019 content to consider:

  • Breakout sessions: We will have  50+ breakout sessions with various tracks on the latest industry trends and worldwide technology best practices, along with discussion panels and how-to sessions on Veeam capabilities.
  • Industry keynote speakers: The speakers list includes Anton Gostev, Danny Allan, Jason Buffington, Michael Cade, Rick Vanover and more!
  • Veeam Certified Engineer (VMCE) trainings are offered at a more than 50% discount only for VeeamON 2019 attendees. More information can be found here.
  • Check out last year’s recorded sessions.

Feel free to contact us with any questions at sponsorship@veeam.com.

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SAP HANA integrated backup is here!

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SAP HANA is one of the most critical enterprise applications out there, and if you have worked with it, you know it likely runs part, if not all, of a business. In Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 Update 4, we are pleased to now have native, certified SAP support for backups and recoveries directly via backint.

What problem does it solve?

SAP HANA’s in-memory database platform also requires that a backup solution be integrated and aware of the platform. This SAP HANA support helps you to have certified solutions for SAP HANA backups, reduce impact of doing backups, ensure operational consistency for backups, and leverage all of the additional capabilities that Veeam Availability Suite has to offer. This also includes point-in-time restores, database integrity checks, storage efficiencies such as compression and deduplication as well.

This milestone comes after years of organizations wanting Veeam backups with their SAP installations. We spent many years advocating on backing up SAP with BRTOOLS and leveraging image-based backups as well to prepare for tests. Now, the story becomes even stronger with support for Veeam to drive backint backups from SAP and store them in a Veeam repository. Specifically, this means that a backint backup can happen for SAP HANA and Veeam can manage the storage of that backup. It is important to note now that the Veeam SAP Plug-In, which makes this native support work, is also supported for use with SAP HANA on Microsoft Azure.

How does it work?

The Veeam Plug-In for SAP HANA becomes a target available for native backups with SAP HANA Studio for backups of a few types: file-based backups, snapshots and backint backups. When backups are performed in SAP HANA Studio, a number of different types and targets can be selected. This is all native within the SAP HANA application and SAP HANA tools like SAP HANA Studio, SAP HANA Cockpit or SQL based command line entries. These include file backups (plain copies of files) and complete data backups using backint. Backint is an API framework that allows 3rd-party tools (such as Veeam) to directly connect the backup infrastructure to the SAP HANA database. The backint backup is configured to have a backup interval set in SAP HANA Studio, and that interval can be very small – such as 5 minutes. It is also recommended to do the backup with log backups (again, configured in SAP HANA Studio) to enable more granular restores which will be covered a bit later on.

SAP HANA can also call snapshots to its own application, while it does not have consistency or corruption checks – snapshots are a great addition to the overall backup strategy. By most common perspectives, backint is the best approach for backing up SAP HANA systems but using the snapshots can also add more options for recovery. The plug-in data flow for a backint backup as implemented in Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 Update 4 is shown in the figure below:

 

 

One of the key benefits of doing a backint backup of SAP HANA is that you can do direct restores to a specific point in time – either from snapshots or from the backint backups with point-in-time recovery. This is very important when considering how critical SAP HANA is to many organizations. So, when it comes to how often a backup is done, select the interval that works for your organization’s requirements and make sure the option to enable automatic log backup is selected as well.

Bring on the Enterprise applications!

Application support is a recent trend here at Veeam, and I do not expect this to slow down any time soon! The SAP HANA Plug-In support, along with the Oracle RMAN plug-in, are two big steps in bringing application support to Veeam for critical, enterprise applications. You can find more information on Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 Update 4 here.

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SAP HANA integrated backup is here!